Great Yarmouth is a coastal town in Norfolk, located on the River Yare. It lies 20 miles from Norwich, and has an urban area of roughly 8.4 square miles. It has a population of over 36,000, and is part of the Borough of Great Yarmouth.
Great Yarmouth has been a seaside resort since the mid-18th century. For centuries it was an important fishing port. But, by the 1960s, the town was better known for its oil rig supply industry. These days, Yarmouth continues to support the development of renewable energy, particularly offshore wind power. There is a wind farm close to the town with roughly 30 generators.
The town is famous for its historic streets and seafront. It boasts one of the largest market places in England, and has a full-time circus which runs throughout the year. The town has a total of two piers - Wellington Pier and Britannia Pier - both of which are popular in the summer months.
Top attractions include the Time and Tide Museum, Merrivale Model Village and Joyland. Other sites worth visiting are the Elizabethan House Museum and SEA LIFE - Great Yarmouth. For those into sport, a day-out at the Great Yarmouth Racecourse is always good fun. The same goes for Yarmouth Stadium - which plays host to greyhound racing throughout the year.
Great Yarmouth’s seafront has the nickname “Golden Mile”, on account of its sandy beaches and strip of amusement arcades. It draws millions throughout the year, and is well known for its indoor and outdoor activities.
The town offers a number of transport links. Its main train station, Great Yarmouth railway station, is located close to the waterfront and offers direct services to Norwich via Acle and Reedham. There are various buses which run through Yarmouth, and most can be boarded at the Market Gates Shopping Centre. The buses run to Peterborough and Lowestoft, as well as various suburban areas like Hemsby and Bradwell.
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